Michael Beasley to China: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

September 30th, 2015 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

After failing to find a new NBA team, Michael Beasley will instead make the jump overseas. According to Basketball Insiders' David Pick, the 26-year-old forward will sign with Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association.

If the deal becomes official, Beasley will be starting his second stint in China. During the 2014-15 season, he played 37 games with the Shanghai Sharks, averaging 28.7 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists a night, per RealGM.

Following his time in Shanghai, Beasley joined the Miami Heat in late February. 

According to NBA.com, the Heat had a 0.7 net rating when he was on the court compared to a minus-5.2 rating when he was on the bench. Beasley also averaged 15.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per 36 minutes, per Basketball-Reference.com. However, he shot just 23.5 percent from three-point range and turned the ball over 1.5 times a night.

While it's plausible a strong season in China could get Beasley back on NBA teams' radars, Pro Basketball Talk's Sean Highkin wrote this move could represent the final nail in his NBA coffin. NBA writer Ethan Skolnick tweeted in June that Beasley simpl ...

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